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I have a friend looking to add a second monitor to his current set up. He has a 23" asus 1920x1080 (not sure what model but about 1 year old).

The question is, should he buy another cheap matching identical TN panel to go with it, or should he get a higher quality IPS like the u2311h to go with it?

He will be using 1 main panel for gaming in window mode, while using the other secondary panel for multi-tasking, web browsing etc while also being ingame spectating sc2 on the main panel.

The benefits of having matching panels are obviously more astatically pleasing, but beyond that are there any benefits?

Would the difference in colors between an IPS and TN side by side be unbearable?

Obviously the ideal choice would be to buy two new u2311h panels and sell the asus, but I am not sure if he has the budget for that.

There is a 25% off promo for dell ultrasharps ending tomorrow so as much input from you experts would be much appreciated.

Thanks and +rep in advance to anyone with helpful input/suggestions.
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I enjoy my asus panel almost more than my Dell, the frame/build quality isn't as good as dell which is why I don't fully enjoy it as much.

I have a 24" Asus VW and I would say that an equal sized whether the bezel matched or not would be so much more productive. His 23" will naturally become the secondary but I think if you stick w the brand you should get equal image quality.
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His 23" asus and u2311h would both be 23" and both be 1920x1080. The resolutions/size isnt too much of a problem I don’t think. I am more concerned he will be displeased if the image is significantly different looking when going back from one screen to the other.

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I doubt it, but one's bound to outperform the other, more than likely the U2311H will come out on top, but you'd be surprised. There's really no way to tell without purchasing or seeing in real life, both are great monitor companies and I believe he'll be able to get a comparable picture from both monitors.

Better to have 1 better monitor than 2 inferior.
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Yea. I think I will tell him to get the u2311h and see how he likes it. It should only be about $50 more than the acer. If he cant stand the acer after that, he can buy another u2311h in a couple months when they bring back the discount. If he really doesnt think the dell was worth it, he can sell it on ebay for a fairly minimal loss.

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